The Poetics of Slumberland: Animated Spirits and the Animating Spirit (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Feb 25, 2012 - Performing Arts - 286 pages
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In The Poetics of Slumberland, Scott Bukatman celebrates play, plasmatic possibility, and the life of images in cartoons, comics, and cinema. Bukatman begins with Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland to explore how and why the emerging media of comics and cartoons brilliantly captured a playful, rebellious energy characterized by hyperbolic emotion, physicality, and imagination. The book broadens to consider similar “animated” behaviors in seemingly disparate media—films about Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh; the musical My Fair Lady and the story of Frankenstein; the slapstick comedies of Jerry Lewis; and contemporary comic superheroes—drawing them all together as the purveyors of embodied utopias of disorder.
  

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Contents

The Lively the Playful and the Animated
1
1 Drawn and Disorderly
27
2 The Motionless Voyage of Little Nemo
77
3 Labor and Anima
106
4 Disobedient Machines
135
Plates follow page 142
142
5 Labor and Animatedness
164
6 Playing Superheroes
182
Notes
213
Bibliography
239
Index
251
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About the author (2012)

Scott Bukatman is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Stanford University. He is the author of many books, including Terminal Identity and, most recently, Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the Twentieth Century.

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